From Chole Bhature to Goan Football Club, five little-known facts about cricket superstar

Virat Kohli, considered by many to be one of the best batsmen in world cricket, will celebrate his 34th birthday on Saturday, November 5, a date he shares with Canadian rock star Bryan Adams and legendary ‘Gone with the Wind’ actress Vivien. leigh.

Among the highest-earning players in contemporary cricket, Kohli is also the only Indian sportsman to be on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes for two years in a row.

However, Kohli, who has been happily married to actress Anushka Sharma for the past four years, has some other accomplishments that are less known even to his legion of fans.

Let’s take a look at a few.

Dealing with family grief

Despite a personal tragedy when he lost his father, Prem Kohli, on the night of December 18, 2006, a teenage Virat showed incredible enthusiasm by showing up the following morning for the final day of the Ranji Trophy match for Delhi against Karnataka. The young Kohli already showed signs of greatness in his debut year, battling through the grief and scoring 90 runs in Delhi’s total of 308 all. As a mark of respect, the Karnataka players did not celebrate when Kohli was 10 runs short of a century.

GQ quote

In 2012, Kohli was honored by the men’s fashion magazine ‘GQ’. When he was named one of the 10 best-dressed international men in a list that also included US President Barrack Obama, but sadly last on the list. Kohli took the coveted number 3 slot behind Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender, who is known for playing the title role in the movie ‘Steve Jobs’, a biopic about the Apple founder. Kohli was 23 years old at the time and played a pivotal role on India’s tour of Australia. Interestingly, Indian businessman Ratan Tata is one of the 10 best-dressed businessmen named by GQ.

love for football

In 2016, Kohli, whose second love is football, bought a stake in FC Goa, which played in the franchise-based Indian Super League. He also regularly played in a celebrity football game to raise money for charity. It’s no surprise to know that Kohli’s favorite footballer is none other than Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. In an interview, Kohli said he admired Ronaldo because the Portuguese superstar is just like him and had to work very hard to reach the highest level, unlike Lionel Messi, who he called a ‘genius’.

A passion for Chole Bhature

Being a Punjabi, it comes as no surprise that Chole Bhature, every Delhiite’s Sunday breakfast dish, is also Kohli’s favorite. Traditionally served with a glass of cold lassi, Kohli’s go-to restaurant for these mouthwatering delicacies is a restaurant in Gurugram on the Delhi-Haryana border known as Civil Lines Wala. The Indian hitting sensation reportedly has a soft spot for the eatery’s special spicy plate of Chole Bhature.

Smart restorer

Like many athletes, Kohli also owns a restaurant chain called One8 Commune with branches in Delhi and Mumbai. A multi-cuisine outlet, it serves a whole range of dishes from North Indian to Asian to Continental. Also on the menu are sushi, desserts, shakes and tasty drinks. The Mumbai branch offers friendly vegetarian dishes, light snacks and cocktails. Kohli showed his entrepreneurial skills when the One8 opened in the late singer Kishore Kumar’s bungalow in the upscale Juhu area.

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